It's a hot topic across the country and it's starting to blaze in East Tennessee legalizing marijuana. A woman from Anderson County says pot saved her life, but she had to leave her three children behind and move to Colorado to make it happen.
It sounds crazy, but it's true. A woman says she was so sick she was starving to death eating caused too much pain. After moving across the country and lighting up, she says she's living a full life again.
Sarah Spencer is smoking marijuana at her home in Colorado.
She also takes it in pill form and oil. She tells me she suffers from a terrible bladder disease called interstidial cystitus basically her bladder stays infected. Before pot, she tried everything. Sarah Spencer says, "Oxycoton, Fentanyl, Morphine, Xanax, Valium and Elidel."
It was so bad she could hardly eat. Sarah was healthy before the disease, but she lost a lot of weight. Sarah Spencer says, "I couldn't eat without severe pain. I got down to 96 lbs."
After getting online and seeing how marijuana helped others, she left Tennessee for Colorado and smoked her first joint. It was a hard decision because she had to leave her three children with her ex-husband. She says it was her life or her kids. Sarah Spencer says, "It was wonderful. It was just, I don't know how to describe it. I don't know how anyone could understand it. It was awesome and there aren't any side effects."
Her mom is a conservative christian who now supports legalizing medical marijuana. Sarah's mom Jean Mitchell says, "She was literally starving to death. Whatever will save you go ahead and do it. I don't want you to leave, but if that's what it takes. For medicinal purposes I'm okay with it."
Now she's off all the prescription drugs and she wants the laws changed in Tennessee so she can move back home.
Spencer says, "People in Tennessee need to be educated on this issue."
There is a bill in the house right now called the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act, but it's not getting enough traction in Nashville. We talked to Governor Haslam about this two weeks ago and he said he doesn't think it will pass. Governor Haslam also said he hasn't read the bill yet.
That bill is still waiting to be introduced in house and senate subcommittee. Sarah told me her doctors here were in support of it, but they're afraid to lobby for it in fear of losing their practice. Since she moved to Colorado. She's up to nearly 105 pounds.